All Ages Programs
At Springbrook Nature Center, there is something for everyone! We have regular programming that is great for adults, kids and families. No experience is needed for any of our programs - we'll teach you everything you need to know!
Sundays at 11 a.m.
Have you ever wondered how snakes eat, what's for breakfast when you're a turtle, or how a salamander finds a meal? This is the program for you. Watch our exhibit animals enjoy a delicious meal while a naturalist explains their feeding behaviors and taste preferences. Experience the predator-prey relationship in front of your eyes!
There is no charge to attend this program.
7-9 p.m., once a month
Do you enjoy nature photography? Photographers of all levels and ages welcome to attend this free program!
Discuss photos, new equipment, gear, photography issues, and possible upcoming photography opportunities.
Each meeting has an "assignment," or topic of focus given for the next month's meeting. Participants are welcome to bring a thumb drive with 5-10 pictures they have taken, usually based on the assignment but not required to be. The pictures are projected on a large screen and discussed. Monthly assignments vary, topic examples include: depth of field, photography issues, "frozen," "spring," or "water". There is a bias toward nature in our subjects, but other picture subjects are welcome as well.
Meeting generally take place on the forth Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. at Springbrook Nature Center.
December 5, 2019
Wednesday Wildlife Walk
First Wednesday of each month, 9-10 a.m.
Meet at front of Springbrook Nature Center
First chickadee singing? First wild geranium blooming? Last oak leaves falling?
What is Springbrook's wildlife up to this season?
Join a Springbrook naturalist for a morning stroll around the park. Discover what is happening in nature during the current season and notice changes in the animals, plants, and fungi. Borrow a pair of our binoculars or bring your own. Cameras and notebooks are also welcome!
Distance and time spent on the trail will be tailored to program participants. Stay to socialize after the program with coffee or tea at the bird feeders.
This is a free program, open to all ages. Donations are welcome.
*The walk will go rain or shine. Cancellations due to hazardous weather will be posted on the website calendar and our Facebook page.
October 2, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 4, 2019
Friday Night By Firelight
Fridays 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Friday Night by Firelight - Gibbs Farm: Dakota Talk
September 6, 2019
Learn about the Dakota, Minnesota’s first people, and their seasonal life in the 1800s! The program will include an introduction to Cloud Man and his village at Bde Maka Ska, the story of Buffalo Nation, a wild ricing skit, and more! Gibbs Farm, a Ramsey County Historical Society site, has worked with members of the Dakota community and instructors from the University of Minnesota’s Dakota Language Program to develop these programs.
Friday Night by Firelight: International Wolf Center
September 13, 2019
The International Wolf Center advocates and educates about wolves including their relationship to wildlands and humans. Come learn from IWC staff about wolf biology and behavior, predator/prey relationships, mythology and fear of wolves, as well as challenges wildlife face and the importance of wildland habitat.
Friday Night by Firelight - MN Herpetological Society
September 27, 2019
Description:Join us for a talk from the Minnesota Herpetological Society to learn more about amphibians and reptiles! Participants will learn what amphibians and reptiles do during the winter including how and where they hibernate. You will also learn about Citizen Science and how it helps scientists including how you can get involved and help contribute. Live amphibians and reptiles will be present!
Saturday Family Fun
Once a month, 10 am on Saturday
Bring the entire family out for an adventure in the great outdoors. Dress for the weather and get ready to have a great time with our naturalist staff. Each month there is a different theme, come back over and over to learn more!
There is no program fee for this program, but donations are greatly appreciated.
September 28, 2019
October 26, 2019
November 23, 2019
December 28, 2019
Springbrook's Bird Banding Programs
Help capture and release wild birds for this banding research program. Hold in your hand cardinals, chickadees, robins, and more as they are released. The birds are measured, weighed, examined for fat and other health indicators, aged and sexed (if possible), fitted with a light-weight band with a unique number on it and then released. Springbrook's bird banding project is one of the longest and continual bird banding projects in Minnesota.
|2019 Dates||Start Time|
|November 10||7:30 a.m.|
|December 15||7:30 a.m.|
|2020 Dates||Start Time|
|January 5||7:30 a.m.|
|February 2||7:30 a.m.|
|March 1||7:00 a.m.|
|April 5||7:00 a.m.|
|May 3||6:30 a.m.|
|May 17||6:30 a.m.|
|June 14||6:30 a.m.|
|June 28||6:30 a.m.|
|July 19||6:30 a.m.|
|August 9||6:30 a.m.|
|August 23||7:00 a.m.|
|September 20||7:00 a.m.|
|October 25||7:30 a.m.|
|November 15||7:30 a.m.|
|December 13||7:30 a.m.|